Succession Planning for Nonprofits - Managing Leadership Transitions

Nonprofits that are serious about their own sustainability will also be serious about planning for smooth and thoughtful transitions of leadership - as well as making sure their nonprofit is prepared for unexpected departures. Unfortunately, according to BoardSource's research, only 27 percent of nonprofits surveyed reported that they had a written succession plan in place. Whether a transition occurs due to an unexpected vacancy on the staff or board, or the anticipated transition of a long-tenured leader, being deliberative and thoughtful, and having a plan in place, can help a nonprofit weather the inevitable challenges of leadership transition. Look to your state association of nonprofits for special programs designed to address leadership transitions, as well as learning opportunities for "new" CEOs/executive directors and board chairs.

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National Council of Nonprofits

November 20, 2020

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